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At the fall commencement, Dec. 14, 74-year-
old Bertha Kornegay Dixon walked across
the dais having successfully completed the
requirements to earn a Ph.D. in leadership
studies from North Carolina A&T State
This degree added to her already impressive
collection of academic achievements:
Bachelor of Arts degree in business
education from Savannah State University,
Master of Arts degrees in education
and curriculum and administration from
Northeastern Illinois University and Chicago
State University, respectively, and a Juris
Doctorate from DePaul University.
Dixon attributes her love of education to
her father. As she reflects on her humble
upbringing in the small town of Hazlehurst,
Ga., she remembers how much her father
valued education. His goal, she said, was to
educate as many of his children as possible.
My dads plan was that we would all work
together to get my two older sisters out
(of college) and then each one of us would
reach down and bring the younger ones out
of college, she said.
Of her 12 siblings, 10 have earned masters
degrees or above.
Septuagenarian Earns Doctorate
Although her doctoral program is complete, Dixon has no plans
of sitting idly. Her immediate goals are to become a professor at
N.C. A&T, take the bar exam and practice law in North Carolina or
become a consultant.
When I retired they asked me what I wanted. I told them a rocking
chair, but it would only be for decoration, she said.
Dixon practiced law for 26 years in Illinois where she also spent
time as a teacher and then administrator in the Chicago public
school system. In 2006, she became an adjunct professor in the
School of Business and Economics at A&T.
Her key piece of advice for students of any age is simply to have
Have a time frame for that goal and dont let anyone or anything
get in your way of reaching that goal, she said.
Board of Governors Approves More Out-of-State Freshmen for N.C. A&T
On Jan. 10, the University of North Carolina Board of
Governors approved Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.s proposal
to increase the out-of-state capacity for new freshmen at
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
In a letter to UNC President Thomas Ross dated Jan. 3,
Martin requested a 7 percent increase on the current 18
percent cap for out-of-state new freshmen citing the
universitys capability to serve the additional number of
students without it having a negative impact on in-state
enrollment or in-state students.
We are pleased the board of governors agreed to increase
the out-of-state student cap at North Carolina A&T State
University, said Martin. We will continue to increase
the universitys academic competitiveness and prepare
more students for careers in high-need disciplines locally,
regionally and nationally.
Recruitment efforts for out-of-state students will be focused
in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics,
nursing, education and agricultural disciplines.
As a part of the increase, no qualified in-state student
will be denied admission or access to the university to
accommodate out-of-state students.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at North Carolina A&T State
University has been selected to receive a Commendable Award for its activities
conducted during the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Society Committee on Education presented 53 outstanding, 85 commendable
and 125 honorable mention awards. Lists of award winning chapters were published
in Chemical & Engineering News and in the November/December issue of
inChemistry, the student member magazine. The award-winning chapters will also
be honored at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas,
Texas, on March 16.
Dr. Marion A. Franks, associate professor in the chemistry department, is the faculty
advisor for the ACS student chapter at N.C. A&T.
ACS is dynamic, visionary and committed to improving peoples lives through
the transforming power of chemistry. With more than 163,000 members, it is
the worlds largest scientific society and one of the leading
sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit
organization that was chartered by Congress, ACS is at the
forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise
and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical
engineers and related professions around the globe.
ACS Student Chapter Receives Award
Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. congratulates Bertha K. Dixon, who earned a
Doctor of Philosophy degree in leadership studies at the age of 74.
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Toyota Exec Delivers Commencement Keynote
Wilbert W. Wil James, president
of Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Kentucky Inc. (TMMK), delivered
the keynote address at the fall
commencement exercises held
Dec. 14 at Greensboro Coliseum.
James career at Toyota spans
more than 26 years. He was
appointed to his current position
in July 2010.
James passed along three lessons
to the December class of 2013.
LeSSON ONe: Always do what you commit to do and strive to
James learned this lesson as a
boy. On one occasion James
mowed the lawn as he was told
but didnt go the extra mile of
cleaning up the debris after the
chore was completed. His father
explained that over-delivering is
the difference between getting
by and getting noticed.
LeSSON TwO: Respect the knowledge of others and (then)
go and see for yourself.
never make a withdrawal until youve made a significant deposit. Wil James
Early in his career, James was
assigned a task that seemed
equivalent to finding a needle
in a haystack. A coincidental
conversation with an experienced
employee provided the information
he needed. Know where to go and
who to ask, he said.
LeSSON Three: Never make a withdrawal until youve made a
James said that this lesson is
true in finances and relationships.
He advised the candidates to
regularly deposit respect, trus